“Heartfelt, beautiful and sexy!”
– Lauren Blakely, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Only Love, an all-new sexy standalone romance
from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available now!
Only Love epitomizes everything I love about a Melanie Harlow novel. She gives a sweet romance with fantastic chemistry and physical intimacy to heat up the sheets, and Ryan and Stella exhibit this flawlessly.
Ryan is a veteran, one who is a bit damaged from his service. Through his relationship, we see him begin to deal with his emotions and begin to heal a bit. There are obvious setbacks, but overall Only Love is about his growth as a person. What Melanie Harlow does with his character is use it as a platform to discuss the many struggles and emotions that plague soldiers who are returning to civilian life – the guilt, the depression, and absolution. Reader hearts will ache for him, but also find joy in his evolution.
Stella is an interesting heroine. At the beginning of the novel, she is self conscious, not about her intelligence or worth but her body and sexual prowess. It has led her to make some safe choices when dealing with love. There will be, I’m sure, readers who don’t love the somewhat antiquated notions that are perpetuated by Grams, but I love the simplicity of the ideas behind it. I love that Stella just wants someone to support and love, someone who she can be herself with and vice versa. I found it to be a search of love in its simplest form.
This is a bit insta-love, but unlike most insta romances, Melanie Harlow is able to establish a real and genuine connection. These two share and connect emotionally and intellectually as well as physically. It allows readers to believe in the authenticity of their relationship, even though it is quick. The plot itself holds little to no surprises, and readers will be able to figure out the general plot earlier on. This doesn’t decrease the enjoyment of the journey, but I do wish their would have been a bit more of the unexpected.
Only Love is a great conclusion to this series of standalones. I love that Melanie Harlow brought a secondary subplot, exposing issues facing veterans. It brought a bit something to the romance, giving depth to the characters and their story.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
A gorgeous former Marine with a tortured soul.
The beautiful, compassionate therapist living next door.
A meddlesome grandma determined to get them together.
I was expecting a proposal on my birthday, and I got dumped instead.
How could I have been so clueless?
Grams knew exactly how to distract me.
The “cute boy next door” who’s been helping her with yard work clearly needs a little therapy. Who better to call than her newly single therapist granddaughter?
She even fakes dementia to get me to visit, and now that I’m here she’s doing everything in her power to throw us together.
Not that I’m complaining. Ryan is the sexiest man I’ve ever met–I mean the full package, from the chiseled jaw to the massive shoulders to the rippling abs. (And yes, his package is full, and he knows exactly how to deliver it.) He makes me want to get out of my head and follow my heart. He makes me want to take chances I never thought I’d take.
He also makes me want to take my clothes off. A lot.
But he’s moody and challenging–one minute he’s an open book, and the next he’s completely closed off. He holds me like he’ll never let go, but insists he wants to be alone.
Some wounds are so deep, only love can heal them.
How can I convince him to let me try?
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About Melanie Harlow
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.
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